President Donald Trump is reportedly interested in purchasing Greenland. The POTUS is so intrigued with acquiring Greenland that he allegedly instructed advisors to investigate on how the U.S. could procure the frigid island in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.
The United States has made some extremely savvy land purchases over the years including the 827,987 miles in the Louisiana Purchase for $15 million, the 72,101-mile area of Florida from Spain for a mere $5 million, 529,189 miles in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona from Mexico for $15 million, the 591,000 miles in Alaska from Russia for only $7.2 million, and the Virgin Islands for $25 million from Denmark in 1917. But the United States has been relatively quiet in the acquisition of land, but that could possibly change under President Donald Trump.
At 822,700 square miles, Greenland is the world’s largest island because Australia and Antarctic are defined as a continent and not an island. Despite three-quarters of Greenland being covered by the only permanent ice sheet outside Antarctica, Greenland is abundant in natural resources such as minerals and offshore oil resources. Greenland would offer geopolitical and military advantages to the United States.
Greenland is an autonomous country but is the property of Denmark. President Trump allegedly has had discussions with his aides about acquiring the Danish territory during “meetings, dinners, and passing conversations” according to the Wall Street Journal. Make Greenland Great Again.
This is not an outlandish idea, President Harry Truman attempted to purchase Greenland from Denmark in 1946. The U.S. offered Denmark $100 million to buy the large icy territory that has a small population of 56,000. Denmark declined the offer. In 1867, the U.S. State Department inquired about purchasing Greenland and Iceland from Denmark. The United States was playing Monopoly IRL back in the 1800s.
A Twitter poll with nearly 20,000 responses was overwhelmingly in favor of the U.S. acquiring Greenland.
The official account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Government of Greenland let the U.S. know that they were not for sale. Unfortunately for Greenland, they’re owned by Denmark, so it really isn’t up to them.
Michael Aastrup Jensen, a member of the Danish parliament, responded to the news of the U.S. wanting to acquire Greenland by saying: “The whole idea that another country could buy Greenland — like it should be a colony — is so strange to us.”
Former Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen wrote: “It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.” Nice territory you got there, be a shame if the most powerful country on the planet annexed it.
The proposition of the U.S. acquiring Greenland started jokes and memes on Twitter.
But there were also people supporting the ambitious idea.
Then there was the idea that the U.S. could simply save their money and just take Greenland. Denmark, what are you gonna do about it?
President Trump will coincidentally be making his first visit to Denmark next month. I can’t wait until Greenland is our 51st state.